Adolescent perpetrators of relationship violence are mandated as part of a plea to attend a free 12-week program—provided through a partnership with STEPS to End Family Violence—designed to intensively re-educate juvenile batterers and prevent them from continuing the cycle of violence into adulthood.
A STEPS group facilitator is in court to provide immediate on-site interviews for program eligibility.
TDV is generally defined as occurring among individuals between the ages of 13-19 years old.
Like intimate partner violence among adults, TDV occurs without respect to age, race, religion, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.
One of the most important duties for any court system is to ensure that youth in the community are protected.Many adult and teenage perpetrators and victims alike have trouble identifying their own abusive relationship.“There is an array of emotions in a relationship between two people, all kinds of emotions, and it’s acceptable and understood,” said Marta Pelaéz, president and CEO of local nonprofit Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.Anyone close to Emily would understand: Kind almost to a fault, she'd normally have been there, trying to console people. Her heart pounding, Maggie ran across campus to Peace House, where Emily lived, a large brick building that housed students dedicated to pacifist causes.She found it deserted, nearly everyone gone for the approaching Easter break.